I didn’t claim self employment support from the Tory government during the first wave of the Covid-19 crisis – and even in the light of the latest revelation, I’m convinced I was right to do so.
That’s because, even thought Rishi Sunak has admitted he won’t be able to collect £4.3 billion of the £5.8 billion he mistakenly (?) dished out to fraudulent claimants of self employment support and the furlough scheme, you can bet he would have been chasing me for a share of the £1.5 billion he thinks he can get back – even though I would have claimed it legitimately!
I’ve had too much experience of the Tory benefit system to get involved in that. I managed to survive by my own means.
But the failure to recoup the money that was claimed by fraud raises serious questions – like this one:
It's going to turn out those "Covid fraudsters" who got £4.3 billion were Tory donors, isn't it?
— Ricky (@RickyDHale) January 17, 2022
Well? Rishi Rich and his friends have managed to give our cash away to their buddies with all their other schemes – why not this one?
It would certainly fit with the pattern of behaviour we have seen from the Tory government.
If you fraudulently claim Universal Credit, you get up to ten years in prison, but if you fraudulently claim a Covid loan from Rishi Sunak, you get the debt written off.
— Ricky (@RickyDHale) January 18, 2022
And it raises questions about Sunak’s integrity…
Now I wonder whether the firm Rishi Sunak’s wife held shares in – which was awarded £1.3m in taxpayer-funded Covid loans and then went bust – has also had its debt written off by, err, Rishi Sunak.
— Evolve Politics (@evolvepolitics) January 18, 2022
And where’s the outrage from the mainstream media?
If we lost £4.7bn to benefit fraud the media would go batshit.
— RedJohnSocialist (@RedJohnBounds) January 17, 2022
At the end of the day, it’s another £4.3 billion that Rishi Rich has spaffed up the wall without carrying out due diligence. By rights, he should be resigning from his job because he has wasted public money for no good reason.
He won’t, obviously. No integrity, remember?
What he might do is tell us we can’t have particular service anymore, or he’ll be reigning back on them so that, for example, people in the North can’t have the NHS care that people in the Southeast get – because “northerners are tougher than soft southerners, right? That’s what they’re always saying”.
Seriously, the justifications would probably be sillier than that.
I think we need to take a closer look at the books, here.
Why can’t Sunak get the money back? What’s stopping him? We need to know.
Because from here, it’s not looking like he is unable to recoup that cash.
It seems more likely that he simply doesn’t want to.
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